Volume 15

Brandon Green

In 2000, Brandon Green had been working a sales job for a couple years when he saw what would become a life-changing opportunity. He’d never thought about buyin...

Ed Grenier

Growing up, Ed Grenier thought all families spent time together collating and binding braille books. His older sister, Victoria, was born blind, and it was a co...

Kathy Hall

The summer before she left for college, Kathy Hall got some bad news about her part-time job. For several years, she’d worked as a dispatcher at a local refrige...

Karen Herson

"I actually never thought I’d be an entrepreneur,” Karen Herson says, laughing. The founder and president of Concepts, Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland–based provider...

Susan Kerr

The experience of watching her parents and grandparents enacting solid Midwestern values of resolve, hard work, perseverance, and loyalty to family and friends ...

Nikki Le

Nikki Le had a lot on her plate when she began to consider buying a salon. For ten years, she’d cultivated an expertise in cosmetology and hair, and at the age ...

Suzie Mills

The young women in the pictures welcome veterans and others into the yoga studio entrance. One woman, in a black and white photograph stands smiling, even thoug...

Katelyn Montgomery

Katelyn Montgomery never planned on being a business owner. Hardworking but practical, she foresaw herself climbing the ladder in more traditional ways, playing...

Trevor Parry-Giles

Toward the end of his freshman year of high school, a classmate in Trevor Parry-Giles’ German class asked him a question that would change the course of his lif...

David Pijor

"At a certain point in your life, you make a turn,” David Pijor says, “and then you realize that’s exactly where you’re supposed to be.” David’s turn came af...

Rob Quartel

There is a sense of familial significance as Rob Quartel traces the outline of the large Huguenot Bible from the 1600s with its worn sheepskin cover, and he is ...

Elaine Rogers

When she went to work as program director at USO Metropolitan Washington–Baltimore (USO-Metro) at age 24, barely a year out of college, Elaine Rogers had no ide...

Todd Rowley

Todd Rowley’s father was a man of few words. The Rowley family lived in the small town of Addison, Michigan, comprised mainly of farmers and factory workers, an...

Andrew Rudin

Andy Rudin grew up in Northern Virginia in the 1960s, and he quips that he’s about as provincial as they come. In the ‘60s, Northern Virginia was vastly differe...